R4S Contest

2017 Region 4 South – Sep. 16th to Sep. 23rd

For more than thirty-five years, pilots have gathered in New Castle, Virginia to enjoy the challenge of flying its impressive collection of Appalachian ridges, and the warmth and hospitality of the Blue Ridge Soaring Society, which is again hosting this wonderful contest.

With Standard, 15-meter, 18-meter classes, and an OLC guest group, the 2017 contest promises the opportunity for everyone to have fun and to compete with great pilots. The contest usually coincides with the fall raptor migration to the south – expect to share the sky with kettles of broad wing hawks, plus golden and bald eagles. The social calendar is also filling out – with food, music and entertaining company.


  • Practice: Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17, 2017

  • Contest: Monday, September 18, 2017 – Saturday, September 23, 2017

  • Cost: $430 plus $20 guest BRSS membership (includes up to 4 tows); additional tows are $55

  • Deposit (refundable until August 16): To hold your place, send $150 check payable to:
    Region 4 South Contest c/o Charlie Cole 6310 Sunnyvale Road Roanoke, VA 24018

  • Contest Managers: Sandra Danoff (412-973-1417) and Charlie Cole (540-797-2486).

  • Camping is permitted on the field and is free (donations welcome); some rental units are available. Contact Charlie Cole for more information.

Registration procedure:

You may register online at the SSA website: SSA Contest Registration Online.

In order to complete registration on site, you must provide the signed waiver form, along with a valid pilot license, proof of current SSA membership, and proof of insurance (See Regional Class Rule 5.5.3 for specifics).

Other: We fly without water ballast, unless blessed with extremely strong conditions and a long ridge mission. Due to field conditions we do not permit self-launching. If we do not have enough entrants for any specific class, we will combine “adjacent” classes into a FAI Handicapped class.

Social Calendar

BRSS is famed for its inviting social environs, prompting one regular to opine that “bringing a glider to the contest just complicates the experience.”

There are several evening meals planned along with nightly impromptu music (bring your instrument) and bonfires to complement the open air “fine dining” experience:

  • Saturday night — Judge John’s spaghetti dinner (free)

  • Sunday night — welcome dinner at the home of Thecla and Lanier Frantz (free)

  • Monday night — Open grill/bring your own protein or reserve burger fixing at the tow plane tavern. Sides provided by R4S.

  • Tuesday night — BBQ chicken ($15/person)

  • Wednesday night — low country boil ($15/person)

  • Thursday night — leftovers/potluck/open grill night (free)

  • Friday night — Glenn Maxwell’s famous pig roast ($15/person)

Contest Team

The contest team is an amazing group of volunteers. We are extremely grateful to everyone who helps make this such a wonderful event!

Charlene (Charlie) Cole and Sandra Danoff, Contest Managers